A common issue that some people have with exercising is that they don’t see the results they want to see fast enough. I’m always personally asked, “When will I see results from the training?” by clients – and in all honesty, I think it’s a good question to ask. I feel like the people I’m training deserve to have a “guesstimation” of the progress they can expect. So I’ll pass on to you the points that I always go over when I speak to my clients (don’t worry – there aren’t many)…
The things that can impact the pace of your results that I openly discuss with those I train are as follows:
- What’s your current fitness level? The answer to this is normally more assessed than spoken to – but your current fitness level will effect how your body takes to the training, and the intensity required. Look at it this way, your body can get used to anything. If you do the same workout all the time – eventually you may plateau. Trainers specialize in helping you find diversity with your routines and pushing you to that next level of results each time your body acclimates.
- How often will you be working out? I try to be very clear and upfront with people that a person working out 4-5 times a week will see very different results when compared to a person working out once a week over the same time period. I know it’s simple math, but it typically needs to be discussed all the same.
- How intense would you like your workouts to be? Are you going for a high calorie burn, a muscle toning blitz or a light routine focused on flexibility and core strength? Intensity matters. Don’t expect the same results from a light workout that you would from a more challenging one.
- What does your current diet look like and are you willing to change it? Some people sabotage their hard work through their eating habits. For example: If you’re taking in tons of calories a day and not burning them off properly – don’t be shocked if you gain more when you’re seeking to lose. If you’re willing to be disciplined in your eating habits as well as your routines, the chances of achieving the results you want (whatever they may be) will be much higher.
- What’s your sleep schedule like? Your body needs rest to achieve what you want it to. Sleep deprivation can lead to weight gain in unexpected places and hinder progress.
- How often do you drink, smoke, eat sweets, etc.? The little vices people develop as they grow-up can ultimately lead to sabotaging a workout more than anything. Every unhealthy habit we embrace can potentially be a major deterrent to success – it’s on the individual being trained to practice moderation in their guilty pleasures (and the good things as well).
Everything else beyond those basic 6 things is variable per situation and go into answering the initial question of When a person can expect to see results. Be weary of any trainer who gives you a cookie cutter response like “I’ll have you fit in 2 weeks!” without at least being willing to visit some of the specifics of how certain little details (such as the ones above) may impact your results.
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